Sullivan Fortner special guest Michela Marino Lerman (tap dancer)

Piano Room

Wed, 30 October - hours 17:00
Palazzo del Popolo – Sala Expo
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Sullivan Fortner special guest Michela Marino Lerman (tap dancer)

With Sullivan Fortner, a thirty-two-year-old pianist from New Orleans, Umbria Jazz continues the tradition of presenting and promoting new talents of the American jazz scene to the Italian public. Although, in reality, Fortner is not really a novelty today having won the Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists three years ago. In this first phase of his career he has performed at the Jazz at Lincoln Center circuit and at the Newport and Monterey festivals, he has played with Dianne Reeves, Roy Hargrove (he was a member of the last formation of the Texan trumpeter), Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, John Scofield, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Fred Hersch, DeeDee Bridgewater, Stefon Harris, Billy Hart, Dave Liebman. He has also released his first two records as leader for Impulse!Records. Following in the family tradition, he took his first steps as an organist in a gospel choir (his mother directed one) and then studied in prestigious institutions such as the Oberlin Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In Orvieto he plays piano solo and in trio with a stellar rhythm section: Jay Anderson on double bass and Lewis Nash on drums. In both cases, there is an out-of-the-ordinary artist by his side. Michela Marino Lerman is a virtuoso of tap dance, which in Italy is commonly called tip tap. Born in New York, Michela began her career at the age of five. Today she is a prominent figure in the world of tap dance, performs in the best jazz clubs and festivals (the only tap dancer invited to Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center) and boasts collaborations with musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Roy Hargrove, Ravi Coltrane, Frank Lacy. Her mission is to keep alive a tradition that has its roots in American show business, is at home on Broadway as in Hollywood but is also very present in the jazz world, particularly in the great orchestras of the thirties and forties.

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